Today is Victory in Iraq Day!
Originally called by Zombietime, and echoed by bloggers around the world, today is the day to celebrate the end of a long, hard-fought, and contentious war.
Let us salute the men and women — soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines — who executed the single most stunning blitzkrieg assault in the history of warfare.
Let us salute the men and women who defeated the Baathist diehards; probaby the best-financed, best-armed insurgency without a foreign sponsor ever.
Let us salute the men and women who defeated the Sadrist uprisings; who fought a battle to the death among religious monuments without destroying them.
Let us salute the men and women of the Second Battle of Fallujah, where they made clear that against a determined and angered American foe, resistance truly was futile.
Let us salute the men and women who defeated the al Qaeda terrorism campaign, who refused to merely play defense but invented new methods of information warfare to dig into a covert operation and atomize it into detectable, defeatable pieces.
Let us salute the men and women who defeated the last ditch diehards and death squads, by proving that Americans wouldn’t leave their friends unprotected.
We will undoubtedly see violence — even spectacular violence — in Iraq in the future. And we need to help the Iraqis guard and protect against Iranian and Syrian provocation. But occasional communal violence does not equal civil war.
Zombie reminds us of the words of John F. Kennedy:
â€œLet every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.â€
This has been a great victory for American arms, and the for martial spirit, civic virtue, and basic American-ness of those who have fought.
Their efforts have been a success. Let us honor them by celebrating their victory.